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  1. The invisible hand in action: cheap seats available for Mets games

    Apr 19, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Billy Joel's "The Last Play At Shea" Premieres At Citi Field

    Wanna go to a Mets game? It’s pretty darn affordable these days, reports the New York Times.  Seats directly behind home plate with a face value of $134 are going for $69. Seats in boxes between third base and home plate are going for $28, when they normally retail for $80 to $134. If merely getting…

  2. Jerry Sands had a nice debut for the Dodgers

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    I didn’t mention this in ATH because I was more interested in the origin of Dan Uggla‘s last name, but it’s worth noting that Dodgers prospect Jerry Sands made his major league debut last night and it was good. Sands had a double in the first inning that may have scored a faster man than…

  3. Following up on the Mike Leake arrest

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Leake mugshot

    I think the strangest thing arising out of the Mike Leake shoplifting arrest yesterday is not the fact that a man who makes over $400,000 a year and recently got a $2 million signing bonus felt it necessary to steal. Rather, the strangest thing is that he somehow got caught stealing “six shirts worth $59.88.”…

  4. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:41 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Giants 8, Rockies 1: Lincecum had a no hitter into the seventh inning. As I was watching it in the den, my wife walked in. She loves Tim Lincecum, so I said “hey, your boyfriend has a no-hitter going in the seventh.”  She said “Is that good?”  I’ve been married to this woman for almost…

  5. Jake Peavy pulled from rehab start with discomfort

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

    peavy pose

    Bad news for the White Sox at this hour. According to Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago, Jake Peavy left a minor league rehab start tonight with Double-A Birmingham tonight due to discomfort. Peavy was pulled after throwing just 15 pitches over two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs on four hits. He’s scheduled for further evaluation…

  6. Brandon Belt could be headed to the minors tomorrow

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:39 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed a short while ago that Brandon Belt could be sent back to the minors if Cody Ross is activated from the disabled list tomorrow. Ross is scheduled to play nine innings in a minor league rehab game with Triple-A Fresno tonight,…

  7. The Nationals are sniffing around for center fielders

    Apr 18, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals

    The Nationals must have finally realized they are starting Rick Ankiel in center field on most nights, because Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that they are currently searching for an upgrade. Nyjer Morgan wore out his welcome in Washington, so it was hard to blame them for trading him to the Brewers before the start…

  8. In need of offense, Dodgers call up top prospect Jerry Sands

    Apr 18, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    Jerry Sands

    After barely eeking out a 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep at home, the Dodgers made a move to address their hitting problems Monday, calling up top prospect Jerry Sands from Triple-A Albuquerque. Sands, 23, was one of the PCL’s hottest hitters in the early going, having already homered…

  9. And now some non-specific Cabrera-related news

    Apr 18, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Cabrera_Melky

    Two random items on a slow news day (non-Mike Leake theft division): First, Jon Heyman writes that, in the offseason, Alex Rodriguez “begged the Yankees” to re-sign Melky Cabrera. Seems that Melky worked out with A-Rod in the offseason and was convinced that he’d be great. I’ve seen Melky play a couple of times this…

  10. Pedro Feliciano putting off decision on surgery for six weeks

    Apr 18, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    feliciano throws

    Pedro Feliciano said last week that he was leaning toward surgery on a torn shoulder capsule, but after meeting with Dr. James Andrews the Yankees reliever has decided to delay a decision for at least six weeks. Dr. Andrews advised against going under the knife, instead recommending a strength and conditioning program for the injured…

  11. Reds’ pitcher Mike Leake arrested for stealing $60 worth of stuff from a Macy’s

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Leake mugshot

    UPDATE: John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has an update: Leake, of Ludlow, was arrested after Macy’s department store loss prevention employees stopped the Reds pitcher today after they say he took $59.88 in property from the store. He was apparently caught on video.  And here’s the police report. Leake makes around half a million…

  12. Roy Oswalt throws bullpen session, expects to start Thursday

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    roy-oswalt-and-trainer-phillies

    Roy Oswalt exited his Friday start against the Marlins after six innings because of lower back soreness, but it looks like the injury will prove to be a minor one. Oswalt felt good enough to throw a 40-pitch bullpen session today and afterward indicated to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he’ll make his scheduled Thursday…

  13. Charlie Morton is a Roy Halladay clone

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v St. Louis Cardinals

    Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column contains an item in which scouts are going on about how Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton has totally restructured his windup and delivery to be exactly like Roy Halladay‘s: “Roy Halladay now has an absolute clone on the Pittsburgh Pirates,” one rival scout says. “Morton has copied his windup perfectly, from the…

  14. Jason Bay scheduled to return from disabled list Thursday

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Jason Bay wide

    General manager Sandy Alderson said last week that Jason Bay wouldn’t be returning from the disabled list before April 26, but apparently the Mets have changed their mind and now he’s scheduled to come back from a strained ribcage muscle Thursday. He’ll have to avoid a setback first while playing minor-league rehab games tomorrow and…

  15. OK, Francona: what have you done with the real Daisuke Matsuzaka?

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Patriots’ Day in Boston means three things: the Boston Marathon, drinking at 8AM and an 11AM start for the Red Sox game.  Which, in turn, gives you plenty of time after 2PM or so to go and have some more beers. I could at least enjoy one of those things today, what the Red Sox-Blue…

  16. “Free” donuts cost Astros fan $237 (and the “donut” versus “doughnut” debate rages on)

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    homer simpson donuts

    Throughout each day Craig and I “claim” stories to write about. For instance, I’ll instant message him and say, “I’ll take the David Purcey trade” and then he’ll say something like, “OK, sucker.” However, sometimes there’s no claiming necessary. If there’s a story involving bourbon he gets it and if there’s a story about donuts…

  17. Rangers prospect Tanner Scheppers makes one appearance between disabled list stints

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    tanner-scheppers-rangers

    Tanner Scheppers was considered a top-20 talent who dropped to the Rangers with the 44th overall pick in the 2009 draft because of an arm injury, but now back problems are slowing his rise to the majors. Scheppers began the season on the disabled list at Triple-A with back problems, came off the shelf to…

  18. HBT Daily: Who is the King of Los Angeles?

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I discuss that, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, the Twins and the Braves

  19. Justin Verlander made an interesting pitch on Saturday night

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Verlander quick pitch.bmp

    I’ve gone on record recently saying that I really don’t know what a balk is anymore. But after my brain processed it for a minute, yeah, I think what Justin Verlander did on Saturday night against the A’s was a balk.  Verlander explained the play afterwards: “I went to go pick one and I didn’t…

  20. A’s acquire David Purcey from Blue Jays for Danny Farquhar

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    david-purcey-blue-jays-spring

    Last week the Blue Jays designated David Purcey for assignment and today they traded the former first-round pick to the A’s for Danny Farquhar, who originally went from Toronto to Oakland in the Rajai Davis trade back in November. Once upon a time I thought Purcey had a chance to be a solid mid-rotation starter…

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